Homemade Southern Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, delicious, indulgent, Southern Mashed Potatoes. After eating two plates full of these potatoes the day after Thanksgiving, I might have positively begged my friend Stephanie for the recipe.

Yep, they’re that good. Thankfully, she was willing to share and these potatoes are now a staple at our house right along with our Cornbread Sausage Stuffing!

Creamy Southern Mashed Potatoes are the perfect Holiday side dish.

Southern Style Mashed Potatoes

Are these homemade mashed potatoes indulgent? Sure. It’s the holidays! Nearly all of us indulge in something at this time of the year. For many, this time of the year means eating more sweets than normal; but for me, it means allowing myself to eat a plate -or two- of these deliciously creamy Southern Mashed Potatoes.

Creamy Southern Mashed Potatoes are the perfect Holiday side dish.

Most of the recipes on my websites are quite crunchy and very colorful, nearly two requirements for the foods I eat regularly. However, special occasions like Thanksgiving and the holidays call for exceptional recipes – and if they can be made ahead of time, even better!

What goes in them?

So back to these incredibly tasty mashed potatoes. They are quite rich since they are made with butter, half and half, and cream cheese; but they never disappoint when entertaining.

Naturally, you’ll want a bit of onion, a few cloves of garlic and chives for the top. All of this comes together to make perfect mashed potatoes.

Creamy Southern Mashed Potatoes are the perfect Holiday side dish.

How to Prep the Potatoes

While mashed potatoes tend to be a labor-intensive side dish, a few years now I’ve prepped them ahead of time by washing, peeling and chopping them a few days ahead of cooking and storing them in the fridge in a large bowl covered with water. This way the potatoes don’t brown while waiting to be cooked, and it eliminates a lot of work the day you want to eat the potatoes.

Of course, you can make this recipe two days before you need it and then warm it in the oven before serving. Doing this has made a big difference in my celebrations. One of the things I enjoy most about this side dish, besides eating it, is “taste testing” the mashed potatoes to check if they need a little bit more salt. Do you do this?

I remember four years ago, while 8 months pregnant with my third child, being in front of the stove “testing” these mashed potatoes. My husband still talks about “that one time I ate half the pot of mashed potatoes before Thanksgiving” -what can I say, I have my weaknesses. For some it’s chocolate, for me, it’s creamy mashed potatoes.

Creamy Southern Mashed Potatoes are the perfect Holiday side dish.

Another version of these potatoes that Stephanie kindly shared is to brown some bacon in the pan before sautéing the onions and using the bacon fat to cook down the onions.

As you can imagine, we typically go for a long walk around our neighborhood after this big meal; the kids ride their bikes, and it gives us the opportunity to walk down these mashed potatoes while having terrific family conversations.

What are some of the ways you keep you and your family healthy after indulging during the holidays?

Creamy Southern Mashed Potatoes are the perfect Holiday side dish.

Southern Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, delicious, and simply indulgent; these Southern Mashed Potatoes are just the thing to make for your family and guests during the holidays!

  • Author: Laura Fuentes


  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 5 pounds Russet Or Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 3/4 cups Butter
  • 1 package (8 Oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 Cups Half-and-Half, warmed prior to using in recipe
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • chives, finely chopped for serving


  1. Wash, peel, and cut potatoes into similar sized pieces. Bring a large pot of water to a slow boil, add potatoes, add salt, and bring to a boil. Cook potatoes for 25-30 minutes (will vary by size), until they are soft enough for a fork to slide through and easily break through the potato.
  2. Meanwhile, on a large pan over medium high heat, heat up oil. Sauté the garlic for 30 seconds, until it begins to soften and is fragrant. Add the onions, and cook until soft and translucent, for about 7 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside.
  3. Drain the potatoes in a large colander. Once drained, transfer them back into the large pot. Over low heat, begin mashing the potatoes, add the sautéed onions and garlic and continue mashing allowing the steam to escape. Turn off heat and add butter, cream cheese, ½ cup of warmed half and half, and salt. Add additional half and half if necessary and mix through until the cream cheese has melted. Transfer hot potatoes to an oven proof serving dish and keep them in the oven if not using up immediately. Garnish with chives.


  • When making this dish a day or two in advance, take it out of the fridge about 2 to 3 hours before serving time. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 20 to 30 minutes or until warmed through.

18 thoughts on “Homemade Southern Mashed Potatoes”

  1. Monica says:

    I just added this recipe to my holiday meal menu! Thank you! they sound like the kind of thing my guests will LOVE.

  2. Erin says:

    HOLY MOLLY. These potatoes. they look absolutely sinfu. Maybe I should get some pepcid for my family too! LOL

  3. Louise J says:

    these look amazing. I took Pepcid with each of my pregnancies because I could not handle the heartburn! I could have never eaten these potatoes pregnant. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Mary Johnson says:

    My husband takes lactaid from time to time when he decides to indulge in dairy products. I just can’t keep him away from ice cream!

  5. NF says:

    Dear Laura ,
    You are so amazing . My parents are from Spain too and came to America a long time ago . Love seeing all your social media with your family .
    I don’t cook so seeing all your delicious meals I really wish I could.
    I will have to try slowly one of your recipes . Take Care, NF

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      NF, hola!! Thank you for following on social media and reading my posts and recipes! I only taught myself how to cook in the last decade, wanting to learn how to feed my family homemade food like I grew up in Spain eating. I hope to encourage you to try a recipe or two in the future! 🙂

  6. Shana says:

    I’ve added these to my holiday meal menu. thank you!

  7. Stu says:

    my family and I don’t have any dairy issues so we’ll be eating these without the meds

  8. Emma says:

    I’ve never read a blog that is able to tie in a product like you just did. I’ve been following your blog for 5 years and I have to tell you that at first i was disappointed to see that you teamed up with a drug company but then I actually read the post and thought, well… she tied it in well. I almost unsubscribed but I’m giving you another chance because I know that you only work with good companies you like and are part of the story. The recipe looks delicious by the way. I’ll be trying it soon.

  9. Jeannine says:

    Hay Caramba! These potatoes. I must make them.

  10. Sarah says:

    No wonder you called them “Southern”… buttered and smothered in all that fat and dairy! This recipe is the type of food I remember when I went to the South (New Orleans) fifteen years ago. I remember thinking I needed something to soothe my heartburn!

  11. Ana says:

    I was SO happy to see these potatoes in my inbox this morning. My Thanksgiving meal is going to ROCK! THANKS LAURA

  12. Ellen says:

    I am going to make these potatoes for our “friends-giving” event next week. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Jessica says:

    I am happy to hear that someone else suffers from the ailments of lactose intolerance and the holidays tend to be a little bit of a nightmare! My favorite dishes are loaded with butter, cream, and well, more and more dairy! I’m a lactaid user (daily) myself LOL

  14. Jenn says:

    All these potatoes need is a little gravy. Or a lot. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Joanne says:

    I am making these for dinner tonight with roasted chicken. I cheated and tasted them. YUM!!

  16. Jan says:

    cheesy and delicious!

  17. Joanne says:

    To follow up on yesterday’s comment, everyone thought these were amazing!

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